Back From Vacation!

The blog vacation, that is. I hope everyone is having a great holiday! Christmas was busy around here, but fun-filled. John and I decided this year not to buy gifts for each other. Instead, we’re keeping lists of little things we’ve always wanted to do together, like more walks in the woods, and more movie dates. The plan will be to choose things off the lists throughout the year instead of buying junk that we don’t really need.

We had two big holiday parties at our house. One was our annual Winter Solstice party with neighborhood friends. We had a dozen fine people around our table for a huge prime rib dinner, with plenty of wine and laughs.

Here’s how I plan and execute a huge meal for a dozen people:

Riley loving the whipped cream:

The table set for dinner:

And the aftermath:

The second event was with family, and we had another dozen for that set of meals. We did prime rib again for Christmas dinner, since it was such a hit the first time around. We have enough meat leftover to make one heck of a stew, which will be tonight. Nothing like using prime rib in stew instead of tough stew meat!

For some reason we did not get one single decent photo with all the kids and grandkids in it. A good time was had by all, though.

On the knitting front, I’m still working on the same projects. No photos, since I’m too lazy to take new pictures. True Blue, John’s sweater, is getting bigger, and I’m almost at the underarms on the first half. The Peacock Shawl is slowly growing. The dog mittens are about halfway up the dog legs on the back of the first mittens, and Wicked Witch socks are proceeding.

I’m working on some New Year’s resolutions, and will hopefully have those in my next post! Have a happy and safe New Year’s holiday!


Back From Vacation! — 19 Comments

  1. What a beautiful table setting, especially at night! The prime rib idea sounds wonderful. I might try that instead of turkey next year since I’m not overlyfond of turkey. And, having stew afterwards is even more incentive to do so. Merry belated Christmas~!

  2. Looks like a successful holiday season for you so far – I love the picture of Riley! And your table setting looks gorgeous in the one picture.
    Have a good New Year’s celebration!

  3. That looks perfect. We had 23 over for our Danish holiday celebration last night. I let the visiting dog lick the pate from the spoon. He likes me a lot.

  4. The table looks beautiful…
    Riley looks like he is happy…
    The aftermath didn’t look nearly as bad as our house! : )
    Glad you had a nice Christmas!
    ps. I LOVE your list of things you two want to do together. I really like that!

  5. Glad to hear from you and that all is well. Your table is really lovely and I know the meal was top notch. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and John and the four legged beasties.

  6. Making a list of things you want to do together is a wonderful idea. We keep meaning to do that for the days of “what do you want to do? I don’t know. What do you want to do?”

  7. Happy holidays! Love your lit table, may steal that idea. I do the same paper thing with lists for the big TG day feast.
    Looking forward to seeing Big Blue progress. Hope you have a warm and wonderful New Year’s. (Quiet too.) We worked Xmas day, and you can imagine the depressing horrendiomas we saw.